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Cuevas Looks Ahead To Hamburg 2017

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Pablo Cuevas, last year's finalist, talks about his comeback form injury and looks ahead to the German Tennis Championships 2017. Watch live matches at TennisTV.com.

Atlanta 2017

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Isner Beats Ebden Newport 2017 Final Highlights

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Watch highlights as John Isner wins his third Newport crown with victory over Matthew Ebden in the final. Photo: Ben Solomon

Ferrer Beats Dolgopolov Bastad 2017 Final Highlights

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Watch highlights of David Ferrer's win over Alexandr Dolgopolov in the final of the SkiStar Swedish Open in Bastad. Photo: SkiStar Swedish Open / Linda Carlsson

Preview: Follow US Open Series Action

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The ATP World Tour will heat up on the North American hard courts in the coming weeks, with the US Open Series set to get underway at the BB&T Atlanta Open.

Now in its 14th season, the US Open Series links four North American hard-court tournaments to the final Grand Slam of the year, the US Open. After hitting the courts in Atlanta, players move to a pair of ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events at the Coupe Rogers in Montreal and Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, followed by the Winston-Salem Open.

Jack Sock is the top seed this week in Atlanta, with three-time champion John Isner looking to return to the winners' circle at Atlantic Station after a final defeat to Nick Kyrgios last year. Also in action are a slew of #NextGenATP stars - Frances Tiafoe, Taylor Fritz, Ernesto Escobedo, Reilly Opelka, Jared Donaldson and Hyeon Chung.

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Novak Djokovic is the defending champion in Canada, with Marin Cilic returning to Cincinnati, the site of his first Masters 1000 victory. In Winston-Salem, Pablo Carreno Busta won an all-Spanish final over Roberto Bautista Agut. Djokovic continues his quest to complete the career Golden Masters in Cincinnati, with Federer eyeing an unprecedented eighth title.

Follow the US Open Series at usopenseries.com and join the conversation with the hashtag #USOpenSeries.

The Handshake At The Net Uncovered

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Stars of the ATP World Tour reveal what they say to each other at the traditional handshake at the end of the match, and which player they treasure shaking hands with the most on ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot.

Peter Doohan: 1961-2017

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Peter Doohan, who recorded arguably the biggest upset in Open Era history over Boris Becker at Wimbledon in 1987, passed away on Friday aged 56 following a battle with Motor Neurone Disease (also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

Tennis Australia issued a statement, saying, “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Peter was unbeaten in Davis Cup representation. He won the South Australian Open singles title and reached No. 15 in doubles, winning five titles during his distinguished career.”

Chris Kermode, the ATP Executive Chairman and President, said, "Peter Doohan was taken too early. He commanded the respect of everyone, on and off the court, and his passing is a sad loss to the tennis world. Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time."

The tennis world first learned of Doohan’s condition only nine weeks ago, when the Australian was told he had a particularly aggressive form of the disease.

The wiry serve-volleyer, who was staying in an ‎£11-per-night hostel and travelled to Wimbledon by bus, beat World No. 1 and two-time defending champion Becker 7-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the second round on 26 June 1987. It was the earliest defeat by a Wimbledon defending champion since 1967. "I kept telling myself he is not a [Ivan] Lendl or a [Henri] Leconte," Becker said after the match. "He can't keep volleying like this. He'll crack just once, and then it will be easy." Becker had beaten Doohan 6-2, 6-4 in The Queen’s Club first round two weeks earlier.

Dubbed ‘The Becker Wrecker’, upon his return to Locker Room 2 at the All England Club, Doohan received a standing ovation and was later given a civic reception in his hometown of Newcastle, in New South Wales, after reaching the Last 16 (l. to Zivojinovic).

RIP mate! You were the better player ...#PeterDoohan pic.twitter.com/97I3wKF7Uo

Boris Becker (@TheBorisBecker) July 22, 2017

Doohan would later joke with Davis Cup team mate Pat Cash, the eventual 1987 Wimbledon champion, “I’ll have to remind him to send me the royalty cheque in the mail.”

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Nicknamed "The Bear", 6’3” Doohan won one singles title at 1984 Adelaide and reached a career-high No. 43 on 3 August 1987, having started the year at No. 301 in the Emirates ATP Rankings due to tendinitis in his right shoulder the previous season. The right-hander also picked up five doubles trophies, reaching a career-high No. 15 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings. He reached the 1987 Australian Open doubles final with Laurie Warder, but was most proud of his 3-0 record in Davis Cup ties for Australia, when he partnered Cash and Wally Masur in doubles rubbers.

"Peter did it the tough way on the tour," Cash told ATPWorldTour.com. "He wasn’t given any free rides as a junior, so he worked hard through US college where we all saw his talent bloom. His long rangy arms big serve and great touch were the envy of many of us. With his oversized Prince racquet, strung incredibly loose, the ball just shot off making him really tough to play. He soon became a very tough singles player and a great doubles player.

"He was the perfect guy to have in the Australian Davis Cup team with his friendly manor and good work ethic. Peter's happy energy light up the room, but I will remember him most of all because of his great sense of humour - that special laugh of his and that giant smile, which was never too far away."

Masur told ATPWorldTour.com, "Peter was a character, very individual and an independent thinker. He was, at the same time, a great teammate. As a competitor he fought as hard as anyone to play the game and was undefeated in the green and gold. Australian tennis is poorer for the loss.

"Peter and I played a lot of juniors together and represented Australia in the Galea Cup. We played the finals in Vichy and proceeded to rent a speedboat on our day off and crash and sink it in the river that runs through the town centre. There was more excitement after that little exercise than our [13-11 fifth set] Davis Cup doubles rubber win versus Mexico [in 1987]."

Former Australian player Brad Drewett, who was the ATP Executive Chairman and President until his passing in May 2013, and Angie Cunningham, the WTA's former Vice President of Player Relations and On-Site Operations, who passed away in October 2016, both succumbed to the disease.

Before turning professional, Doohan studied and played at the University of Arkansas where he won an NCAA doubles title in 1982 and made an All American. He returned after 20 years in the United States – working at clubs in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and Oklahoma – to live in Nelson Bay, Australia in 2009 and coached until June last year. He was a big rugby league fan of the Newcastle Knights.

Doohan, who was down to earth and a gentleman, is survived by his mother, Thelma, his sons, John and Hunter, who both live in Arkansas, United States, and his sisters Cathie and Margaret.

TRIBUTES

Former Australian doubles player David Macpherson: "He was a salt of the Earth Aussie. A fierce competitor and a great sportsman. He embodied being Australian."

My heartfelt condolences to the family of #PeterDoohan ! The tennis fraternity lost a great guy and wonderful player ! #tennisaustralia

Boris Becker (@TheBorisBecker) July 22, 2017

Our tribute to Peter Doohan. #RIP #FightMND pic.twitter.com/F9wAN2Lov6

— TennisAustralia (@TennisAustralia) July 22, 2017

Rublev Beats Lorenzi Umag 2017 Final Highlights

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Watch highlights as Andrey Rublev wins his maiden ATP World Tour crown with victory over Paolo Lorenzi in Umag. Photo: Merlo de Graia

Ferrer Back On The Rise, Mover Of Week

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No. 33 David Ferrer, +13
Former World No. 3 Ferrer kept his emotions in check to capture his third SkiStar Swedish Open title on Sunday, marking his first trophy since October 2015 at the Erste Bank Open 500 in Vienna. The Spaniard rose 13 places to No. 33 with his 27th tour-level crown. He is fifth in the active title-leaders list, behind only the ‘Big Four’. Read Report

No. 49 Andrey Rublev, +25
#NextGenATP Rublev soared 25 spots to break into the Top 50 of the Emirates ATP Rankings as a result of securing his first ATP World Tour title at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag (d. Lorenzi). Read Report

The 19 year old also moved up to No. 3 in the Emirates ATP Race To Milan for a spot at the Next Gen ATP Finals in November. More & Buy Tickets

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No. 67 Alexandr Dolgopolov, +22
Dolgopolov saved two match points in his 7-6(2) deciding set quarter-final win over #NextGenATP Karen Khachanov en route to the SkiStar Swedish Open final, where he lost to Ferrer. The Ukrainian was rewarded for a place in his eighth ATP World Tour final (3-5 record) with a 22-place rise to No. 67. It's his highest position since 20 March 2017.

No. 71 Andrey Kuznetsov, +17
The Russian reached his third ATP World Tour semi-final of the year (also the Sydney International and Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open) in Bastad (l. to Dolgopolov) to move up 17 places to his highest ranking since 10 April 2017.

No. 84 Alessandro Giannessi, +20
The Italian, who first broke into the Top 100 at No. 99 on 19 June 2017, advanced to his first ATP World Tour semi-final in Umag (l. to Lorenzi), where he contested four straight three-set matches. The 27 year old jumped to a career-high of No. 84 with a 20 place rise.

Other Top 100 Movers This Week
No. 91 Laslo Djere, +15
No. 95 Henri Laaksonen, +5

Zverev Forehand Wins Q2 NextGenATP Shining Shot

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Fans have voted Alexander Zverev’s game-changing forehand down the line winner in his Halle semi-final clash with Richard Gasquet as their favourite hot shot in the second quarter #NextGenATP Shining Shot poll.

On a must win point at 2-3, 30/30 in the deciding set of the contest, Zverev hooked a forehand winner down the line and into the corner, hit from well behind the baseline. He would go on to win the match and finish runner-up to Roger Federer in the final of the Gerry Weber Open.

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Zverev’s shot won with 45 per cent of the vote over a five-day period. A close second was Mikael Ymer’s ‘tweener lob winner, hit at an ATP Challenger Tour event in Bastad, with 41 per cent of the vote.

Tommy Paul, Akira Santillan and Frances Tiafoe rounded out the second quarter hot shot selection, with seven per cent, four per cent and two per cent of the vote respectively.

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First Time Winner Spotlight: Andrey Rublev

Mon, 24/07/2017 - 9:26pm

Andrey Rublev captured his first ATP World Tour title on Sunday with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Paolo Lorenzi in the final of the Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag. The Russian is the fourth #NextGenATP player to win an ATP World Tour title, joining Alexander Zverev, Karen Khachanov and Borna Coric. The 19 year old is now up to third in the Emirates ATP Race To Milan and cracked the Top 50 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

Afterwards, Rublev spoke to ATPWorldTour.com:

How does it feel to be holding your first ATP World Tour singles trophy at the age of 19?
Of course, it’s amazing. I have no words to explain it. Especially after this tough week and all the feelings that I have been going through. Now, I’m here and it’s amazing. But now, it’s already passed and in two days I have a new match and I have to be ready 100 per cent.

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Was this a goal of yours as a junior, to win an ATP title? How did you envision this?
Of course when I was a kid, I wanted to win Grand Slams, ATP tournaments, all the tournaments that I was watching on the TV. I was watching, and I was dreaming that one day I’m going to also win these tournaments; I’m going to play all these matches. And now I’ve won my first ATP title and it’s amazing. Now it’s time to work, and to try to do it again.

What was your approach going into your first final, how did you prepare for your match?
This week I was trying to do everything the same, always sitting in the car in the front, I didn’t let anybody sit in the front, only me. My coach was wearing the same t-shirt, my t-shirt, for the past three days. During the day, I would always go back to my hotel room. So yeah, all these little things I was trying to do the same. The last three days were really tough mentally. I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t talk normally. There was so much stress, it was really tough. I’m really happy that it’s over and I won the tournament.

You replaced Borna in the draw as a lucky loser, are you going to call him or text him?
I already said to him many times “thank you”, but it’s also tough because in one way I’m really happy that I’m in the draw, but in another way I really feel bad for him because he’s a great player and he also had a really good chance to win this tournament. He had that injury, and I really feel sad for him because I know how sometimes it’s tough to make these decisions. I just really hope that he can come back as soon as possible, and to win another tournament.

Talk about your 2017 season and the success you’re having.
I don’t really think about these things. I’m just trying to do my job, trying to give my best every day. Trying to be more stable, trying to improve the things that I need to work on. These are the things I’m most focused on. I’m not trying to think about if I am having a good season or a bad season, because as you can see with this week for example: I lost in the qualies, which should have been bad for me. And now I’ve won this tournament and everything is perfect. It’s not really good to think about if it’s a good season or a bad season, because everything can change so fast. You can win one day, and lose the next day. You can lose and you can win. The main thing for me is to do my best every day.

What are your goals for the rest of the season?
I have no goals. I just want to do my best, to improve on the things I need to improve on, and that’s it. We’ll see what happens.

What do you feel like you have improved on this season?
Firstly we were really working hard on my physique, to allow me to play much longer at the same level and at the same intensity. I think I’ve improved a little physically, and now I can play a little bit longer. But still there is a long way to go. Before, I used to play without sense and just hit the ball. Now I’ve started to understand, more or less where you have to play, where are the better positions. Those things are really important in tennis.

Talk about the success of the NextGenATP Russians this season.
It’s something amazing. I’ve known Medvedev since we were maybe six or seven years old, Karen maybe since I was eight or nine years old. We were always playing the same tournaments and on the same team. They were a little bit older than me, in the juniors in Russia they were always a little higher ranked than me, and I always was the third one on the team. So we were always together, and it’s amazing. And now all three of us are in the Top 50 and we’ll see how things will turn out.

Who are the players you looked up to and admired growing up?
There were three players that I really liked. I really like Federer of course, everybody likes him. When I was a kid I was a big fan of Safin. And then I saw Rafa [Nadal] play for the first time, I started to copy him. I was buying the same clothes. I was 11 and my t-shirt was double my size! I was wearing the sleeveless t-shirts and the long pants and I had the whole collection of his clothes.

Who has helped you throughout your career and helped you to get where you are today?
Of course my family, they always were the ones supporting me, giving everything they have to me. I was like the special one. And of course now the team that I have in Barcelona, they are working really hard with me there. They are doing more than their best, always pushing me. Fernando [Vicente] and Galo [Blanco] are like opposites: Galo is like the bad cop and Fernando is the good cop. With Fernando it’s always easier to find a deal, with Galo it is not!

#NextGenATP Shapovalov Claims Second Challenger Title

Mon, 24/07/2017 - 5:48pm
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A LOOK BACK
Challenger Banque Nationale de Gatineau (Gatineau, Canada): Surging #NextGenATP star Denis Shapovalov lifted his second ATP Challenger Tour trophy on home soil in Gatineau, defeating countryman Peter Polansky 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. It marked just the third all-Canadian final in Challenger history and the first since 1999.

"Peter has so much experience under his belt and so many matches, so I knew it was going to be incredibly tough." said Shapovalov. "I tried to stay focused throughout the second and third sets. It was a couple points in the end that made the difference."

Having claimed his maiden crown in Drummondville in March, Shapovalov is the second teenager to win multiple titles this year, joining Frances Tiafoe. It has been another strong year for the #NextGenATP contingent on the Challenger circuit, with the 18 year old's title marking the 10th for the group. Shapovalov soars 31 spots in the Emirates ATP Rankings to a career-high No. 130 and is up to No. 11 in the Emirates ATP Race To Milan.

"Winning two titles in Canada is huge and it shows how important the home tournaments are and how much they help. Every match is a battle at this level and it was a really long week. I'm happy to come out with one more win and I'll look ahead to next week."

The Hague Open (Scheveningen, Netherlands): Sixth seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez turned back the clock on the clay of Scheveningen, claiming his second tournament title and first in 11 years. It was a vintage week for the 34-year-old Spaniard, who battled to a trio of three-set wins, including a 6-1, 6-7(3), 6-2 victory over Ruben Bemelmans in the final.

Also the 2006 champion in Scheveningen, Garcia-Lopez notched his first professional title in two years, when he prevailed at the former ATP World Tour event in Bucharest in 2015. With his sights set on a Top 100 return, the former World No. 23 rises 32 spots to No. 131 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

.@GuillermoGLopez continued his quest to return to the Top 100 with his second

Behind The Scenes At The Hague Open With Robin Haase

Mon, 24/07/2017 - 4:31pm
Take a tour of the ATP Challenger Tour event in Scheveningen with 2016 champion and local resident Robin Haase. Video courtesy of The Hague Open.

Berrettini Fires Back To Back Hot Shots At San Benedetto Challenger 2017

Mon, 24/07/2017 - 4:31pm
Next Gen ATP Finals contender Matteo Berrettini claims Hot Shot honours en route to the title at the San Benedetto Challenger.

Shapovalov Wins Second Challenger Title In Gatineau

Mon, 24/07/2017 - 4:30pm
Watch highlights as NextGenATP star Denis Shapovalov claims his second ATP Challenger Tour title of the year, overcoming countryman Peter Polansky on home soil in Gatineau.

30 Things To Watch In Hamburg, Gstaad & Atlanta

Mon, 24/07/2017 - 1:49pm

10 THINGS TO WATCH IN HAMBURG

1) 500 Time: This is the eighth ATP World Tour 500-level tournament of the season and the top four seeds are Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Pablo Cuevas, Karen Khachanov and Gilles Simon. This is the fourth ATP World Tour tournament of the year in Germany (also Munich, Stuttgart, Halle).

2) Former Champions: The lone former champion in the field is 2011 winner Simon. Cuevas (2016), David Ferrer (2014), Federico Delbonis (2013) and Tommy Haas (2012) are former finalists.

3) German Title Hopes: The last German champion in Hamburg was current tournament director Michael Stich in 1993. There are eight Germans in the draw, led by Philipp Kohlschreiber, Florian Mayer, Jan-Lennard Struff, wild cards Daniel Altmaier, Haas and Maximilian Marterer, and qualifiers Rudolf Molleker and Cedrik-Marcel Stebe.

4) Haas' Anniversary: It was 20 years ago that 39-year-old Haas made his hometown tournament debut, reaching the semi-finals (l. to Mantilla). He has an 18-11 record with a runner-up finish in 2012 (l. to Monaco). His last appearance was in 2013 when he reached the quarter-finals (l. to Fognini).

5) Ramos-Vinolas Top Seed: Ramos-Vinolas is the top seed in an ATP World Tour tournament for the first time in his career. The Spaniard is making his seventh Hamburg visit (5-6 record) with his best result being the quarter-finals in 2012. He is a two-time finalist this year (Sao Paulo, ATP Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo) and 22 of his 27 wins in 2017 have come on clay.

6) Ferrer Breaks Drought: Ferrer, who has a 17-8 record in Hamburg with a runner-up finish in 2014, comes in after winning the title in Bastad, his first ATP crown since Vienna in October 2015.

7) One to Watch: Last year’s finalist Cuevas has a 10-4 record in Hamburg, reaching the semi-finals in his 2009 main draw debut and the quarter-finals in 2015. Of his 18 wins this season, 14 have come on clay.

8) #NextGenATP Stars: Russians Khachanov and Andrey Rublev, who earned his first ATP World Tour title in Umag, are making their Hamburg debuts. Khachanov picked up his career-best 20th win of the season in Bastad where he reached the quarter-finals (l. to Dolgopolov).

9) Kohli Looks to Breakthrough: Kohlschreiber is making his 13th Hamburg appearance (12-12 record) and is looking to get past the semi-finals (2014) for the first time. The 33-year-old German has won five of his seven ATP World Tour titles in Germany (Munich three times, Halle, Duesseldorf).

10) Doubles Draw: The seeded teams are Croats Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic, Pablo Cuevas and Marc Lopez, Julio Peralta and Horacio Zeballos, Marcin Matkowski and Nenad Zimonjic, who is attempting to win his 700th career doubles match.

10 THINGS TO WATCH IN GSTAAD

1) Scenic Gstaad: This is the 102nd anniversary of the picturesque tournament and this year’s field features four of the Top 30 players in the Emirates ATP Rankings, led by David Goffin, Roberto Bautista Agut, defending champion Feliciano Lopez and Fabio Fognini.

2) Goffin Returns: Goffin, who reached the final here two years ago (l. to Thiem) in his previous appearance, is playing his second-straight week (QFs in Umag). He suffered a right ankle injury at Roland Garros that forced him to miss the entire grass-court swing. In February, he became the first Belgian to break into the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings.

3) Former Champs: Besides Lopez, there are two other former champions in the field: Mikhail Youzhny (2013) and Thomaz Bellucci (2009, 2012).

4) Reigning Champion: Lopez is making his 11th visit to Gstaad. Last year he won his first title (d. Haase), 10 years after reaching the final (l. to Gasquet). He has a 20-9 record in Gstaad. This season Lopez won his biggest career ATP title at Queen’s Club (d. Cilic). He also was runner-up in Stuttgart (l. to Pouille).

5) Switzerland Second Home: Bellucci has captured three (of four) career ATP World Tour title in Switzerland, the last coming in Geneva in May 2016 (d. Sousa). He is making his eighth Gstaad appearance in the past nine years (except ’11) and has a 15-5 record. In 2009, he qualified and captured his first ATP World Tour title (d. A. Beck). In 2012, he won the title again (d. Tipsarevic).

6) Fognini Makes Debut: Fognini is making his main draw debut 10 years after losing in the final round of qualifying. The No. 1 Italian reached 20 match wins on the season for the seventh consecutive year by reaching the quarter-finals in Umag.

7) Dolgo on a Roll: Top Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, who is making his Gstaad debut, hopes to come in with his second ATP title of the season. He is playing in the Bastad final (vs. Ferrer). He has never won two ATP World Tour titles in a season.

8) Wild Cards: Fognini joins Swiss natives Marco Chiudinelli and Antoine Bellier as wild cards. Chiudinelli is 2-7 in Gstaad and Bellier is making his second straight showing (1R last year).

9) Swiss Title Hopes: Swiss No. 3 Henri Laaksonen is the highest-ranked local player in the draw. This past week he broke the Top 100 for the first time in the Emirates ATP Rankings at No. 100 and he reached his first ATP World Tour quarter-final in Bastad. Federer was the last Swiss champion in 2004.

10) Doubles Draw: The top seeds are Marcus Daniell and Marcelo Demoliner and No. 2 are the Austrian duo of Oliver Marach and Philipp Oswald. Marach is playing his first tournament since reaching the Wimbledon final (w/Pavic).

10 THINGS TO WATCH IN ATLANTA

1) Hard Court Circuit Opens: The first ATP World Tour North American summer hard court tournament is led by the top two Americans in the Emirates ATP Rankings Jack Sock and three-time champion John Isner. The other seeds with first-round byes are Gilles Muller and Ryan Harrison.

2) Sock Top Seed: This is the second time (2017 Houston SF) Sock is the No. 1 seed in an ATP World Tour tournament. Sock is 5-4 in Atlanta, advancing to the semi-finals in 2014 and quarter-finals in 2012 (l. to Isner in both). Sock comes in with a 23-10 record and two ATP World Tour titles this season.

3) Isner Eyes Fourth Title: Isner, who is making his eighth-straight Atlanta appearance (23-4 record), has never lost before the semi-finals. He won titles in 2013-14-15 and reached finals in 2010-11 and last year. On Sunday, Isner captured his third Newport title (d. Ebden) and he went through his four matches without facing a break point. It was his first ATP World tour title since 2015 Atlanta.

4) Muller Moving Up: Muller comes into Atlanta with a 27-13 match record on the season, including 11-2 on grass and 11-7 on hard courts. He reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon (d. Nadal, l. to Cilic) and afterwards jumped to a career-high ranking of No. 22. He is 11-4 in Atlanta with a runner-up in 2012 (l. to Roddick) and semi-finals in 2011 and 2015.

5) #NextGenATP in ATL: Nine #NextGenATP players are in the draw, including wild cards Reilly Opelka and Taylor Fritz, who reached the quarter-finals last year. The others are Hyeon Chung, Jared Donaldson, Ernesto Escobedo, Frances Tiafoe and qualifiers Quentin Halys, Stefan Kozlov and Tommy Paul. Donaldson-Escobedo, Halys-Kozlov and Chung-Paul all meet in the first round.

6) Opelka Breakthrough: Last year, Opelka came into Atlanta ranked No. 837 and en route to his first ATP World Tour semi-final he beat No. 28 Kevin Anderson and Donald Young before falling to Isner in three sets. Last month he reached a career-high No. 125.

7) Local Watch: No. 6 seed Donald Young and wild card Christopher Eubanks, who will be a senior at Georgia Tech University, are two Atlanta residents in the draw. Young reached the quarter-finals last year and Eubanks is looking for his first career ATP singles match win (0-2).

8) Ryan Time: Two-time Atlanta semi-finalist (2011, 2013) Harrison is compiling his best pro season with his first ATP singles title in Memphis and first Grand Slam doubles crown at Roland Garros.

9) Special Exempts: By reaching the semi-finals in Newport last week, Bjorn Fratangelo and Peter Gojowczyk earned a spot in the main draw as special exempts.

10) Brotherly Love: Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, who won the doubles title two years ago in their Atlanta debut, are the top seeds. Another brothers duo, wild cards Eric Sock and Jack Sock, will make their pro debut together. The Ratiwatana brothers are also in the draw, with different partners (Sanchai with John Millman and Sonchat with Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi).

Isner Captures Third Newport Title

Mon, 24/07/2017 - 11:18am
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John Isner captured his third title in Newport on Sunday, beating first-time finalist Matthew Ebden 6-3, 7-6(4) for the Dell Technologies Hall Of Fame Open crown. The American adds to his 2011 (d. Rochus) and 2012 (d. Hewitt) titles in the Rhode Island city as he claims the 11th title of his career, all at the ATP World Tour 250 level.

“It’s hard to win a tournament. It’s no small feat to come out here and be the last man standing. I’m very happy about that,” said Isner, who is expected to return to the Top 20 of the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday. “It’s been two years since I won a tournament, so I had that weighing on my mind.

“I’m very happy with how I played all week. It was a perfect week and I couldn’t ask for anything better.”

Isner broke Ebden on his first service game for a 2-0 lead and carried that momentum to capturing the first set after 25 minutes. The 29-year-old Perth native pushed harder in the second set, taking the American to a tie-break, but the match went the right way for Isner, who sealed victory after 74 minutes. The North Carolina native became the second player to win an ATP title without facing a break point since records began in 1991 (also Tommy Haas in Memphis 2007).

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Isner, who improved his FedEx ATP Head2Head against the Aussie to 3-0, took home $95,495 in prize money and 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points. The American is now 11-12 in tour-level finals.

Ebden, who entered the tournament ranked No. 249 and played his way through qualifying to reach his first tour-level final, earned $50,295 and 150 Emirates ATP Rankings points.

“I’m not that tired to be honest. I definitely didn’t lose because of anything physical, which is great,” said Ebden, who was the lowest-ranked finalist since No. 866 Sluiter at 2009’s ’s-Hertogenbosch. “It’s a lot of reward for a lot of hard work, a lot of years of sacrifice. It’s disappointing, but at the same time I have to be happy with my week.”

Rublev Beats Lorenzi For First Title In Umag

Mon, 24/07/2017 - 9:56am
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#NextGenATP Russian Andrey Rublev captured his first ATP World Tour title on Sunday as he defeated fourth seed Paolo Lorenzi 6-4, 6-2 in the final of the Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag.

“It’s amazing. I have no words to explain it, especially after this tough week,” said Rublev. “Now I’m here and it’s amazing.”

It caps a dream week for the 19-year-old Rublev, who had beaten third seed and defending champion Fabio Fognini in the quarter-finals and home hope Ivan Dodig in the last four to reach his first ATP World Tour final. The Moscow native had fallen in the final round of qualifying, but earned a spot in the main draw as a lucky loser when Borna Coric was forced to withdraw.

Rublev is the seventh lucky loser to win an ATP World Tour title and the first to do so since Rajeev Ram triumphed in Newport in 2009. The right-hander earns 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points, which will take him to a new career-high on Monday.

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World No. 74 Rublev has been rapidly on the rise in recent weeks, reaching his first ATP World Tour quarter-final on grass in Halle (l. to Khachanov) and making the second round as a qualifier at Wimbledon (l. to Ramos-Vinolas). Just four months ago, Rublev was placed at No. 130 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

The Russian is set to break into the Top 3 in the Emirates ATP Race To Milan, which determines who will qualify for the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan from 7-11 November. Alexander Zverev currently leads the race, followed by Karen Khachanov.

Facing Lorenzi, 16 years his senior, for the first time, Rublev controlled the match from the start, breaking twice as he raced to a 4-1 lead. Lorenzi recouped one of the breaks, but Rublev went on to seal the opener. From 1-2 in the second set, the Russian reeled off the last five games to prevail in 76 minutes.

The No. 34-ranked Lorenzi was bidding to win his second ATP World Tour crown, following victory in Kitzbuhel last year. The Italian also missed out in the Quito final earlier this year, finishing runner-up to Victor Estrella Burgos. He has a 1-3 finals record.

“[Andrey] played remarkable throughout the week and again today,” said Lorenzi. “I wasn’t able to vary my game as much as I wanted [to] because I played slower. The match yesterday took away a lot of energy as it was very hot and humid.”

Hamburg 2017

Mon, 24/07/2017 - 9:06am

Knowle/Petzschner Battle For Bastad Crown

Mon, 24/07/2017 - 4:39am

Julian Knowle and Philipp Petzschner were warriors all week at the SkiStar Swedish Open and the Austrian-German tandem were rewarded with their first team title on Sunday.

Knowle and Petzschner defeated Dutch duo Sander Arends and Matwe Middelkoop 6-2, 3-6, 10-7 on Centre Court in Bastad, notching their fourth straight victory in a Match Tie-break. They prevailed after 70 minutes, converting three of 14 break chances.

Competing as a team for the first time, the unseeded titlists split €26,110 in prize money and 250 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points. Both ended lengthy ATP World Tour title droughts, notching their first trophies since 2014.

"It was an amazing week," said Petzschner. "Coming in, Julian had won in Braunschweig and we just kept hanging in there. It's a lovely tournament and it's a great way to finish it. I wasn't even sure if I could play tennis again (after shoulder surgery), but now I have a title which feels great. Now we're undefeated so let's see what happens in the future."

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"We were fighting and hung in there," said Knowle about the four three-set wins. "We made life more difficult than it should have been, but there's no complaints when you win. I'm very happy to get the win."

It has been a resurgent year for the 43-year-old Knowle, who is coming off lifting the trophy at the ATP Challenger Tour event in Braunschweig two weeks ago, with Igor Zelenay. The 19-time ATP World Tour doubles champion captured a second title in Bastad, exactly 10 years removed from his first crown with Simon Aspelin in 2007.

For the 33-year-old Petzschner, it marked the seventh time he has lifted a tour-level doubles trophy and first with someone other than Jurgen Melzer. The German has enjoyed great success with Austrian partners, having also reached the final at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell this year with Alexander Peya.

Meanwhile, Arends and Middelkoop were competing in their first ATP World Tour event as a team. Middelkoop fell to 3-2 in tour-level finals, while Arends was contesting his first title match.